Disney's Activity Center

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Disney's Activity Center
Disney's Aladdin Activity Center.jpg
The 1994 video game Disney's Aladdin Activity Center
Developers Disney Software / Disney Interactive
Gryphon Software
Publishers Disney Software / Disney Interactive
Platforms Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, PlayStation (console)
First release Disney's Aladdin Activity Center
1994
Latest release Disney-Pixar's Monsters, Inc. Activity Center
2002

Disney's Activity Center are a series of games released by Disney Interactive which provide customers with various activities and minigames to be completed, using aspects of their licensed property.

In 1996, Madeline Thinking Games was released, a game developed by Creative Wonders; in 1997, a knock-off of the series entitled All Dogs Go to Heaven: Activity Center was developed by Roaring Mouse Entertainment and published by MGM Interactive as a tie-in to the Don Bluth Entertainment film All Dogs Go to Heaven.[1] In 2000, The Land Before Time: Activity Center was released, a game developed by Sound Source Interactive.[2][3][4]

In 2000, LucasArts educational spin-off company Lucas Learning released Star Wars: Yoda's Challenge Activity Center to coincide with the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which according to Daily Herald was in the same vein as the Disney's activity centre video game tie-ins to its movies.[5]

List of games[edit]

Game Year of release Notes
Disney's Aladdin Activity Center November 1994[6] The game's designers and artists worked hand in hand with the film's directors and producers.[7]

The title sold 100,000 copies by 18 February 1995.[7]

Disney's The Lion King Activity Center 1995
Disney-Pixar's Toy Story Activity Center 1996
Disney's The Little Mermaid Activity Center 1998
Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Activity Center 1998
Disney-Pixar's A Bug's Life Activity Center 1998
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Activity Center 1999
Disney's Tarzan Activity Center 1999
Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 2 Activity Center 1999
Disney's Winnie the Pooh Activity Center 2000 Based on the story Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day[8]
Disney's Dinosaur Activity Center 2000
Disney's The Little Mermaid II Activity Center 2000
Disney's 102 Dalmatians Activity Center 2001
Disney's The Emperor's New Groove Groove Center 2001
Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire Activity Center 2001
Disney's Tigger Activity Center March 2001[9]
Disney-Pixar's Monsters, Inc. Activity Center 2002

Critical reception[edit]

On AllGame, Disney's The Lion King Activity Center received 3.5 stars,[10] Disney's Aladdin Activity Center received 3.5 stars,[11] Disney's Toy Story Activity Center received 3.5 stars,[12] Disney's Winnie the Pooh Activity Center received 3.5 stars,[13] Disney's 102 Dalmatians Activity Center received 3.5 stars,[14] Disney's Dinosaur Activity Center received 2 stars,[15] Disney's Tigger Activity Center received 3 stars,[16] and Disney's Tarzan Activity Center received 3 stars.[17]

The Boston Herald thought that by 1999, the titles had become predictable cash-ins to Disney movies, who would generally have voice actor replacements and the same structure as previous games in the series; the newspaper also commented that Activity Centre games were one part of the triad (along with the "action game" and the "print studio." that Disney Interactive would generally release with each new film.[18] Knight Ridder thought the Tarzan triad weren't groundbreaking yet fun enough to keep kids entertained, deeming the Activity Centre as a pleasant diversion,[19] the Herald News thought the series was catered toward children and kept them in mind during the design process.[20] The Washington Post considered the games as tie-ins that Disney was cranking out at the time, strictly for fans of the film properties.[21]

Commercial performance[edit]

Aladdin was the 3rd most popular education game in the week ended December 2, 1995,[22] and 4th most popular in the Macintosh category in the week ended December 9, 1995,[23] the Lion King was the most popular title in the Macintosh category in the week ended February 3, 1996,[24] the 2nd most popular title in the Macintosh category in the week ended March 5, 1996,[25] and the 8th most popular in the week ended May 4, 1996.[26] Tarzan was the 4th top selling education title in the week ended July 17, 1999.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1997-08-23). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  2. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2000-10-14). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  3. ^ "The Land Before Time: Activity Center for Windows (1997) - MobyGames". MobyGames. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  4. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1997-03-22). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  5. ^ "Software". 2000-03-27. 
  6. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1995-02-18). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  7. ^ a b Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1995-02-18). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  8. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2000-02-19). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  9. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2001-02-17). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  10. ^ "Disney's The Lion King Activity Center - Overview - allgame". allgame.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  11. ^ "Disney's Aladdin Activity Center - Overview - allgame". allgame.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  12. ^ "Disney's Toy Story Activity Center - Overview - allgame". allgame.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  13. ^ "Disney's Winnie the Pooh Activity Center - Overview - allgame". allgame.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  14. ^ "Disney's 102 Dalmatians Activity Center - Overview - allgame". allgame.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  15. ^ "Disney's Dinosaur Activity Center - Overview - allgame". allgame.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  16. ^ "Disney's Tigger Activity Center - Overview - allgame". allgame.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  17. ^ "Disney's Tarzan Activity Center [Disney's Classics] - Overview - allgame". allgame.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  18. ^ "Predictable Disney trots out Tarzan; Tarzan Activity Center, for ages 4-8; Tarzan Print Studio, for all ages; and Tarzan Action Game, for age 8 and up. Disney Interactive, $20-$30. CD-ROM for Windows 95/98 2 stars". 1999-08-01. 
  19. ^ "St. Petersburg Times, Fla., Software Reviews Column". 1999-07-14. 
  20. ^ "Kids get creative with `Kid Pix'". 2001-04-12. 
  21. ^ "Screen Shots". 1999-07-16. 
  22. ^ "BESTSELLERS". 1995-12-11. 
  23. ^ "BEST SELLERS". 1995-12-18. 
  24. ^ "Bestsellers". 1996-02-12. 
  25. ^ "BESTSELLERS". 1996-03-11. 
  26. ^ "BEST SELLERS". 1996-05-13. 
  27. ^ "Bestsellers". 1999-08-09.